Arsenal have revived their interest in signing Porto striker Mehdi Taremi in January following the long-term injury sustained by Gabriel Jesus, Portuguese outlet O Jogo claim (today’s edition, page 17).
The Gunners recently suffered a big blow with Jesus undergoing a surgery for a knee injury. The Brazilian is likely to be sidelined for around three months and this could force the club to pursue a new striker.
The onus could be on landing a low-cost replacement and O Jogo cite that the Gunners have renewed their pursuit of Taremi. However, a transfer may not be straightforward with Porto reluctant to lose him.
The Iranian will enter the final 18 months of his contract in January. It is claimed that a mid-season transfer would only be considered if the 30-year-old refuses to put pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal.
Taremi would offer something different for Arsenal
Taremi has been a key player for Porto over the past few years. This season alone, the striker has registered 13 goals and eight assists from 20 appearances across all competitions.
He does not possess the same mobility as Jesus in the final third, but has caught the eye with his strong hold-up play, good finishing as well as the ability to make key passes.
In short, he has some traits similar to former striker Olivier Giroud. In Jesus’ absence, Mikel Arteta may prefer Eddie Nketiah up front but Taremi could be a solid competitor.
He would offer something different for the Gunners off the bench with his strong aerial presence.
Taremi is currently valued at €20 million by Transfermarkt. He would prove a good piece of business for the Gunners in January without taking a large chunk of their transfer budget.
Aside from the striker, Arsenal are also looking for a central midfielder and a versatile winger in January.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com